£1.2m project to boost fast growing city suburb

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WORK is to start in the New Year on a £1.2 million project set to transform a fast changing inner city Sheffield suburb.

Much-needed open space will be created for residents in the St Vincent’s area of Netherthorpe.

Improvements will include greenery and trees, public art, space for ball games, seating, improved street lighting, performance and event space and new pedestrian walkways.

Work will also be carried out to reduce traffic on Edward Street with the introduction of a one way system and reduction in the width of the highway.

Funding will come from the European Union and housing developers with an extra £190,000 coming from the South Yorkshire Forest Partnership.

Coun Helen Mirfin–Boukouris, Sheffield Council cabinet member for jobs and growth, said: “There has been considerable investment in new residential and office developments in St Vincent’s over the years and it is estimated there are up to 3,000 new residents now living in the area.

“This area of the city centre used to be industrial so there is a need for a new and improved open space for these new residents and workers.

The site is central to a growing community who strongly support the addition of a new open space.”

The Edward Street project will be one of the first completed as part of the council’s Breathing Spaces strategy.

The plan is to provide much needed and enhanced open spaces for city centre residents, particularly in areas that have seen substantial investment in housing development and a subsequent growth in population over the past decade.

The Edward Street project will transform the under-used playground opposite Castle Works and land at Upper Allen Street.

Work will start next spring.